I started playing in Dec '05. I started playing for 30 mins a day and worked up to 60 mins a day. I've been practicing daily this way since then.
Within the last month, I started experiencing a burning muscle sensation below the shoulder blades - but higher than lower back. It radiates from each side of the spine and goes up and outward. It feels like like muscle strain/burn. It typically starts 20 mins or so into practicing.
My teacher and I have stopped my progression until we can sort this problem out. I've been practicing pieces I already know - to reduce my overall strain.
So far, I've come up with a couple of possbile sources. I noticed that I had a tendency to push out my chest a bit (opposite of slouch) possibly to hold the violin up. Second, I noticed that my neck and head aren't really relaxed on the violin. I think I've fixed most of this, but alas the back strain continues.
I know many of you have in depth knowledge of violinist physiology (hehe), so I thought I'd ask.
Thanks for any help - in advance.
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